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Arrest made in hit-and-run death of Coach Paul Hoover

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A man was charged on Friday with the hit-and-run death of popular coach Paul Hoover last year.

According to the State Attorney's Office, Jarvis Strickland was arrested in Gadsden County by the Florida Highway Patrol on a Leon County warrant.

The state attorney's office said that Strickland faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash with death, both 1st degree felonies punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Hoover, a popular track and cross country coach, was hit in May 2017 while out for a evening jog on Springhill Road. Hoover was struck by a speeding car and killed as he crossed the road at a marked crossing. The site in just across the county line in Leon County, making it a Leon County case.

According to the state attorney's office, Strickland was serving probation on Wakulla charges and reporting to the probation office in Gadsden.

According to court records, Strickland was serving three years probation for possession of a controlled substance from 2017. It also appears he had served two years of probation for a 2008 charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

The Florida Highway Patrol is expected to release more information on the arrest later Friday.

Hoover was a beloved figure as a coach at Wakulla High School and was credited with having a profound impact on the lives of the runners he worked with. A retired wildlife officer, he still worked part-time as a bailiff at the Wakulla County Courthouse.

 

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